Cost of materials, labor, and other business expenses plus a reasonable profit is business.
Cost of materials, labor, and other business expenses plus a gargantuan profit is gouging.
Now I don't know the breakdown of the cost of making that keyless ignition sysem but, in my opinion, this particular product doesn't justify the price.
But the $500 system isn't merely a keyless system, it's also an alarm.
I've owned an '05 Vette with factory keyless system. It would slowly drain the battery, and if it sat for a few days, I would have a dead battery, and consequently the keyless ignition had become a pain in the butt more than a convenience.
I have also used a wireless key fob on my XR for about six months, which showed the same issue of slowly draining the battery, but I found a band-aid fix and hooked up the bike to a trickle charger whenever I didn't ride it for a few days. However, one day as I was pulling into a parking lot, my bike shut off and would not restart. That was the day I had to figure out how to hot wire it to get it home, and the keyless ignition went off and I went back to the stock key.
You see, I've had plenty of experience with the keyless ignition, and I'm not just firing off quickly without doing my research. Sounds to me like you just like to bark at everything since you already know it all. Keep up the good work, Einstein.
Well, you're kinda getting closer, but still not there.
A keyless-go system in a car is very different. All of my cars have them as well.
In a Corvette, it is VERY different. Your keyfob wasn't draining the battery... the proximity sensor constantly searching was.
With the Vette, your doors should automatically unlock/lock or at least arm/disarm the alarm when you get close to the car, or walk far away from it. The signal is always being searched for. Still, this is a defect because no battery should ever deplete after only a couple days of non-use. This should be covered under warranty. I do believe that there was a TSB for C5 and C6 Vettes (including Zo6's) that had this issue anyway.
The difference between cars and bikes with Keyless-go is that only a couple of cars have the ability to be started with a PIN code without the fob present. ALL keyless bikes can. THAT was the point that I was making... you made it sound like if you somehow do a bonehead thing to your fob, that you are stuck... I merely pointed out that this was in fact not the case. Ever.
Any motorcycle equipped with keyless-go AND an alarm needs to be on a battery tender if not run for more than a week or so. If it is keyless only, you shouldn't have much of an issue without the alarm. Both Ducati and Harley are famous for asking a lot of their starter motors to crank the bikes, so with both my Diavel and Road Glide, I've gotten used to plugging my bike in if they weren't going to leave the garage for over a week (which is very rare).